His Excellency Mr. Yashwant Sinha
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of India
A former Finance Minister of India, a Foreign Minister and a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, currently the largest opposition party in India.
Yashwant Sinha received his Masters Degree in Political Science in 1958. Subsequently, he taught the subject at the University of Patna until 1960.
He is credited for the reforms and measures that put the Indian economy on the right trajectory. Some of them are lowering of interest rates, introducing tax deduction for mortgage interests, freeing the telecommunications sector, deregulating the petroleum industry and funding the National Highways Authority. He is also credited for breaking the fifty-three year tradition of presenting the Indian budget at five in the evening.
Yashwant Sinha is also remembered for his active role in international negotiations and social and political delegations.